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By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
March 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Getting braces can be a difficult decision to make—especially when you’re an adult. You have to make a commitment to living with metalinvisalign braces for several years. If you prefer to straighten your smile discreetly, learn more about Invisalign. It is a revolutionary orthodontic solution available from Bothell, WA, dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman that has helped countless patients realign their teeth.

When Everyone Knows You Have Braces...
There is no mistaking someone who has metal braces—it’s the first thing people usually notice when you meet. The appliance completely changes the way you look when you smile, which can be particularly challenging when you’re older. You also have to change your life around a bit when you have braces, including the types of food you eat and how you brush your teeth. It’s no wonder that many patients who have crowded, crooked, or gapped teeth prefer a more discreet option.

The More Discreet Orthodontic Choice
What if you could get all the benefits of wearing metal braces, without the discomfort? That may be possible when you talk to your Bothell, WA dentist about Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment. With Invisalign, you wear a removable lightweight polyurethane tray instead of having non-removable brackets attached to each of your teeth. For many patients, it is “the clear choice” when you consider the benefits as far as aesthetics and comfort.

How Invisalign Works
Invisalign trays slowly move your teeth as you wear them. You must keep them on for at least 20 hours each day as part of the treatment plan. The mold of each prescribed tray is slightly different, causing the teeth to move by conforming to the shape. The process can take as little as six months depending on your particular alignment issues. Just visit the dentist every two weeks to receive your new trays.

Invisalign Can Work for You
Not every patient is an ideal candidate for Invisalign braces, but if you have minor orthodontic challenges there’s a good chance it will work for you. Ask Dr. Kimberly Chapman if she can straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign trays. Call (425) 488-6120 today to schedule a consultation.

By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
March 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Are you looking for a way to straighten and improve your smile? Dr. Kimberly A. Chapman, your family dentist in Bothell, Washington invisalignoffers Invisalign, an innovative orthodontic treatment that can help you straighten your teeth with minimal to no discomfort.
 
How does Invisalign work?

Traditional braces use a system of wires and brackets to move teeth. Tightening the wires periodically helps align and straighten teeth, but the process can be a little painful. There are no wires and brackets with Invisalign. Clear plastic aligners gradually move teeth instead. Your Bothell dentist designs a series of aligner trays for you using a 3-D image created by combining images, X-rays and impressions of your mouth. Every two weeks, you'll begin wearing a new set of aligners.
 
Invisalign is a more comfortable option
 
Your Invisalign aligners are made of soft, comfortable plastic. Since they're custom-made for your mouth, they won't irritate your sensitive gums or mouth.
 
Invisalign is a virtually unnoticeable option
 
Appearance is one the chief concerns when people consider traditional braces. Once you receive your braces, they can stay on your teeth for up to two years or more. They're obvious in photographs and make enjoying dinner at special events a little challenging, depending on the menu. Because Invisalign aligners are clear, most people won't even notice that you're wearing them. If you're attending a special event, you can even remove them for a few hours without a problem.
 
A variety of foods must be avoided if you wear traditional braces, such as hard fruits and vegetables, corn on the cob, spare ribs, and other foods that that can damage wires. Sticky candy and gum can become caught in braces and must be avoided. It takes a tremendous amount of willpower to stay away from your favorite foods, even if you know that they can damage your braces. When you wear Invisalign aligners, you'll remove your trays to eat and won't have to avoid ANY foods!

Homecare brushing and flossing also needs to be done differently to adequately clean around brackets and wires. You cannot floss between teeth without the aid of certain floss threaders when you have wires. With Invisalign, you simply brush and floss normally once you have easily removed your aligners.
 
Straightening your teeth doesn't have to be painful and awkward. Find out if Invisalign is a good option for you by calling Dr. Kimberly A. Chapman in Bothell, Washington. We are waiting to help you, so please call (425) 488-6120 to schedule an appointment.